(Closed) What should the "per plate" cost include?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
7580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is going to depend on the venue or caterer. You will need to ask each vendor what their price includes So you can do an accurate comparison between vendors.  Some will include linens and China but not alcohol. Some will include everything required for food and beverage service and some include just the food, no booze/linens/china.

Sound system is rarely if ever included in your per-plate cost though.

my per-plate cost is all food/apps/linens/China/service but not booze Or ice which are provided by the venue. It also includes chairs but not tables, as the venue is providing the tables but the caterer is providing the chairs. 

Post # 3
758 posts
Busy bee

This will definitely vary from caterer to caterer.

My per plate cost included open bar, cheese plates, 4 course meal, late night food station, all glassware/linens, taxes & tip, and the setup/space for the ceremony.

One thing to keep an eye on in addition to what’s included is tax and tip — this can easily add thousands to your price, so always calculate the total price after taxes and gratuities. 

Post # 4
9945 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We used a caterer that was not from our venue and it was only for the dinner food. Linens, china, apps, etc was all done separately.

Post # 5
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Like horseradish said, it depends on the venue.

The venue my fiance and I have has a set price to use the property for a certain number of hours, this includes linen, tables, china, chairs, and a coordinator. We then booked our meals through them that was a set per plate price depending on the meal & apps we chose(our meal included champagne toast as well as taxes and tips). Booze is separate cost for us. and we are billed for any non alcohol in a separate package. We could also do dessert through them at added cost but we chose to get cupcakes from another vendor.

My suggestion is to get everything in writting and read over every part of your contract to see what is included and what is not. Do not assume that it’s included just because other venues do. Always ask and always get it added to contract.

Post # 6
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It varies place to place.

The venue I originally wanted the per person price covered food and that’s it. Hall rental, decor, drinks etc was all adiditional. That was $30 a head  

The place we booked is $79 (since we booked it’s gone up to $89.50! Bullet dodged!) and it covers a 3 course plated meal, 5 hours unlimited open bar, 2 bottles of wine per table, tablecloths, runners, napkins and chair covers, the DJ, some of the up lighting, and with over 100 guests the ballroom rental is waived. 

Post # 7
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Like others said it depends on the venue and area.  My venue includes food (apps, salad, main course), open bar, cake, and linens.  We have to rent all tables, chairs, china, silverwear, and glasswear separately through them.

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